Sound Salvation (Music)
With Steve Pick
Fri May 25th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Allen Toussaint “Long, Long Journey” from The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch 2009) —Toussaint is such a brilliant songwriter and pianist, it's sometimes forgotten just how well he can deliver on the vocal front. This is perfect blues singing.Buy it!
Dion “Two Train” from Tank Full of Blues (Blue Horizon www.theblackangels.com 2012) N —There are only a handful of musicians who can make records 53 years into their career that stand with the best of their work. Dion is one of them.Buy it!
The Clash “The Guns of Brixton” from London Calling CD ALBUM (Sony Legacy 1979) —Paul Simonon was not a great vocalist, but I can't imagine this cut being delivered by anybody with a prettier voice.Buy it!
Andre Williams “Do the Popcorn” from Movin' On: Greasy and Explicit Soul Movers 1956-1970 (Vampi Soul vampisoul.com 2005) —I'm not a huge fan of Williams, who can get too smarmy for my taste, but man, this is one sexy invitation to a silly dance.Buy it!
Magnetic Fields “Your Girlfriend's Face” from Love at the Bottom of the Sea (Merge www.mergerecords.com 2012) N —Stephin Merritt continues to sneak up on me with crazy little ditties like this one.Buy it!
The dB's “I Didn't Mean to Say That” from Falling Off the Sky (Bar/None 2012) N —We are just about three weeks away from the world getting to hear this masterful new release from one of the greatest bands ever, 30 years after the original line-up last recorded.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Headstrong Crazy Fools” from Big Station (Fantasy 2012) N —Alejandro rocks out on a song where he recites the words. The new album comes out soon, and we're loving everything we sample from it here.Buy it!
Robin Gibb “The Worst Girl In This Town” from Robin's Reign (Spectrum 1970) —I love so much Bee Gees music, right through their disco smashes, but I thought this virtually unheard gem from his solo album would make a good tribute to Robin Gibb, who passed away last week.Buy it!
Crowded House “Throw Your Arms Around Me” from Other Enz: Split Enz & Beyond (Raven 1999) —The national anthem of New Zealand. Well, it should be. Anyway, this is a beautiful rendition of this Hunters & Collectors song.Buy it!
Sara Watkins “Lock & Key” from Sun Midnight Sun (Nonesuch 2012) N —I've only heard this album once, but damn! My real question is why did I virtually ignore Nickel Creek when they were around? What was wrong with me? Because Sara Watkins and Chris Thile are astounding musicians.Buy it!
The Cinderellas “Please Don't Wake Me” from One Kiss Leads to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found (Rhino 2005) —Not Phil Spector, but a pretty darn good imitation.Buy it!
Marty Stuart “A Matter of Time” from Nashville, Volume 1: Tear The Woodpile Down (SUGAR HILL www.sugarhillrecords.com 2012) N —Projecting past experience onto the future, a classic country music trope.Buy it!
Lila Downs “La Bamba” from Una Sangra (One Blood) (Narada 2004) —A gorgeous take on the traditional tune which acknowledges that it's also a rock classic without losing its roots in Mexican folk.Buy it!
Sweet Honey In The Rock “They Are All Falling Around Me” from Selections 1976-1988 (Flying Fish 1997) —I believe this ensemble, which has gone through many members over the years, is one of the greatest musical experiences of my life.Buy it!
Chris Isaak “Lonely With a Broken Heart” from San Francisco Days (Reprise 1993) —You can almost dip in at random on Chris Isaak records and come up with something great. Oh, yeah, I just did that.Buy it!
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